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Border History Museum

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Address: Old Gaol | Hallgate, Hexham NE46 3NH, England
Phone Number: 01434 652349

This museum features relics from medieval Britain.

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The first purpose built jail built in England

It was built in 1330, and now has a great museum. Great display of showing the culture of the border people (Scotland and England), as well as objects of local history. Also has... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2016
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Was looking forward to visiting as had read some good reviews. It seemed more geared to children rather than adults and most of the displays were dumbed down.

Thank Minkymonkey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2016

It was built in 1330, and now has a great museum. Great display of showing the culture of the border people (Scotland and England), as well as objects of local history. Also has some fun customs and hands on exhibits for kids.

Thank Owenthomas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

The museum offers an interesting insight into life in the Border Regions hundreds of years ago. there is also displays giving the history of the building which was the first purpose built jail in the country. Plenty of stuff to keep kids interested as well

Thank geordie9Kent
Boston, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016

Had a couple of hours to fill so went to the Old Gaol, what a place, brilliantly done with clear and easy to follow information about the history of the gaol, and the staff really appear to enjoy working there and giving you as much information and help as they can

Otley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2016 via mobile

We came here a few years ago but, as my husband could not remember it, decided to go in again! Full of character, charm, exciting information with helpful, knowledgable staff. There is a ghost in there- saw it last time and he was still hanging about which was strangely comforting! A unique piece of history, worthy of a visit for... More 

Northumberland, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

Great place to visit, could do with the displays changing a little bit each year? Maybe even a cafe - or refreshments served?

1 Thank magicalstay
Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015

This museum, housed in an impressive stone jail, presents much fascinating material about the long and turbulent history of the Borders area, including about the Reivers and all the cross-border raiding, cattle thieving, and general instability for many centuries. Such a contrast to how peaceful the area seems now! Also, take the time to wander around the town and enjoy... More 

Thank Isabel089
Wakefield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2015

Another great attraction well worth a visit. Spent about 2 hours inside and once again very descriptive and informative. Great. Cheap entrance fee. I would think the young children would love it.

1 Thank davidjb1
Newmarket, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

This was my Daughters choice. We both worked in prisons and she does still so its a bit of a must see for us. Very interesting especially the dungeon, you can certainly imagine being down there!!

Thank 377Sam
Cullercoats, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 via mobile

Spent a good hour at this old gaol. Staff were welcoming and helpful. There are no stairs to the dungeon but a lift descends through the entrance with a recorded explanation. Interesting full display information room on the ground floor. One flor devoted to the Rievers with a video. Entertaining activities for children. It is a small building so probably... More 

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